The debate over how the Texas Legislature will cut taxes this session has certainly been a show — a wonkish policy discussion punctuated by populist exhortations from Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick and his allies.
If you hang around the Capitol long enough, this is what you’ll see: legislators who are also insurance agents carrying bills that would reduce the rights of insurance claimants; legislators involved in the oil and gas industry voting on laws that will keep cities from regulating fracking; and legislators who own pay-day lending services leading the opposition to bills that would regulate their businesses.
Outrage over the recent gender sensitivity training regarding Austin City Council members, aimed to facilitate the transition to a female-dominated council, begs the question: What’s the best way to battle gender stereotypes?
On Saturday, May 9 — election day, ironically, for the Tarrant Regional Water District — during the wettest spring in years and with heavy rain in the forecast, Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price watered her lawn.
The fact that people in Austin are engaged in a robust conversation on billions of dollars of tax relief is a testament to the tremendous leadership of our Texas Legislature, especially Gov. Greg Abbott, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick and Speaker Joe Straus.
An excellent formation of knowledge and principles as a child gives each of us the skills and virtues we need to help each other and be good stewards of creation. Every child deserves the very best education possible.
As Chief of Arlington’s Fire Department, my job is to protect our city’s nearly 400,000 residents from undue harm in emergency situations. For that reason, I’m compelled to comment on House Bill 40, which the Texas Senate passed on Monday.
The ground was hard and cracked. The silence was broken by the sound of a stick snapping beneath my boot. Months before that sweltering summer day, the ground we were standing on was submerged beneath several feet of water.